Loosely, "even more so" or "with even stronger reason". Often used to lead from a less certain proposition to a more evident corollary. It is unwise to invest in pyramid schemes, and, a fortiori, in e-mail pyramid schemes.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

acta est fabula plaudite

"Of course something happened," she said. "You know what it was. The man I thought was my husband was actually committing bigamy. I was simply a bigamous wife.
"My husband, or the man I thought was my husband, found out that Gwynn was making a call at this other address, and, of course, assumed that Gwynn would find out about his bigamy and tell me. He determined to kill her in order to keep her from talking. He fixed up a drink of gin and tonic and added strychnine. I didn't realize this until Gwynn had left the house and after he had left the house and I found the bottle of strychnine tablets where he had left it after removing it from the medicine chest. I had thought Gwynn poured the drink down the washbowl. At the time, I thought merely that my husband had made it too strong.
"When Gwynn returned that evening and had a gun with her, I felt that the time had come for a show down. I tried to make her tell me, but she wouldn't. I could see she was lying. I put barbiturates in Gwynn's milk toast and, when she was safely as sleep, I took the gun and went out to find my husband."

(Nell Arlington, from Erle Stanley Gardner "Perry Mason solves the case of the Bigamous Spouse)

absit omen

"when you stop to think of it," Della Street said, "he did seem to walk into our trap most beautifully. He handled everything so obligingly."

(Della Street, from Erle Stanley Gardner "Perry Mason solves the case of the Bigamous Spouse)

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

rosa rubicondior lilio candidior omnibus formosior semper in te glorior

be merciful
judge not...
condemn not...
"can a blind man lead a blind man? will they not both fall into a pit?"

but I say to you that hear
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
give to every one who begs from you;...
if you love those who love you, what credit is that for you? for even sinners love those who love them.
and if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that for you? for even sinners do the same.
and if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
but love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great...

blessed are you poor
for yours is the kingdom...
blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.
blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account...
rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great...
but woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation.
woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger.
woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
woe to you, when all men speak well of you...

no one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
and no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
but new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
and no one after drinking old wine desires new;
"the old is good"

why do you eat and drink with tax collectors
...and sinners?"
..."those who are well have no need of physician, but those who are sick"
"can you make wedding guest fast while the bridegroom is with them?"
the days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

Man, your sin are forgiven you
"who is this that speaks blasphemies?"...
"why do you question in your hearts?"
which is easier, to say, "your sins are forgiven you", or to say, "rise and walk" ?
... "I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home".

and demons also came out of many
and when it was day he departed and went into a lonely place.
...and would have kept him from leaving them;
"do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men"

have you come to destroy us
doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper'na-um, do here also in your own country.
...there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice.
AH! what have you to do with us...
...have you come to destroy us? I know who you are,...
...be silent, and come out...
and when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. and they were amazed and said to one another, what is this word? for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.

they all marvelled
and immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke...

and they said to her
...and they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called
and he asked for writing tablet, and wrote...

for behold
for behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears...
and blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her...
my soul magnifies... and my spirit rejoices...
for behold, henceforth all generations...

she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be...
do not be afraid... and behold...

non temere
and you will have joy and gladness...
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and disobedient to the wisdom of the just...
A che conoscero io questo?
Io son Gabriele che sto davanti a Dio:
I am Gabriel

who do the people say that I am
... the son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected...
for whoever would save his life will lose it...
for what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

cured those who had need of healing
now the day began to wear away...
send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions, for we are here in a lonely place.
make them sit down in companies.

nation will rise against nation
... and kingdom against kingdom, there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs...
... they will lay their hands on you and persecute you...
... you will be brought before kings and governors...

I am

Monday, 5 March 2007

Affair of the diamond necklace

She became impatient with the jeweller and snapped, "Not only have I never commissioned you to make a jewel … but, what is more, I have told you repeatedly that I would never add so much as another carat to my present collection of diamonds. I refused to buy your necklace for myself; the king offered to buy it for me, and I refused it as a gift. Never mention it again."

October 16, 1793

The priest who had accompanied her whispered, "This is the moment, Madame, to arm yourself with courage." Marie Antoinette turned to look at him and smiled, "Courage? The moment when my troubles are going to end is not the moment when my courage is going to fail me."

Sunday, 4 March 2007

from Erle Stanley Gardner "Perry Mason solves the case of the Bigamous Spouse

Della Street brought Gwynn Elston into Perry Mason's office.
"I'm afraid, Mr. Mason," she said nervously, smoothing her skirt over her knees, "I'm afraid I'm going to be mixed up in the murder."
"Just what is your position going to be in the murder?"

"Why should I see her?"
Perry Mason asked.
"Because, Mr. Mason, Miss Elston wants you to translate certain Chinese characters for her and to find out whether a crumpled piece of tissue contains strychnine. And, besides, she's a dish with plenty of this and that and these and those."
"Let's take a look at her."

"I stepped forward and could see a man's leg and then the other leg sort of doubled up. I parted the brush and saw the face of Felting Grimes."
"He was dead?" Perry Mason asked.
"Stone, cold dead."
"What made you think he's been murdered?"
"There was a bullet hole in his chest."
"All right. Let's hear the rest of it."

"You know, Gwynn," Mason said, "you're a rotten liar."
Her face flushed and she started to get up.
"Honestly Mr. Mason, I'm telling you the absolute truth. If I were lying, it would be a lot more artistic."

who is to live with light action Hollywood

Harvey Henderson Wilcox of Kansas love Daeida from Topeka then Los Angeles to the West-Northwest and Cahuenga Pass of Toyon.

Thursday, 1 March 2007

cor ad cor loquitur

"I have an assigned territory," she said, "for the series of books which are designed to give parents the answers to questions that children will want to know. The books are so cleverly arranged that there is really no age limit. Not only are the answers listed to questions which will be asked by the very young, but there is information which even the adult..."

She broke off with a quick laugh. "I'm sorry, Mr Mason, but I've repeated this so many times that when I start on it just can't seem to stop and condense. I'm giving you what is known in the trade as "the canned approach' - anyway, you get the idea."

(Gwynn Elston, from Erle Stanley Gardner "Perry Mason solves the case of the Bigamous Spouse)

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